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and the war against nasty bedbugs. the newest and most adorable weapon. allen. >> all right. we'll see you in 30 minutes, cbs evening news is next. >> couric: tonight president obama warns the u.s. and nato are considering a military response to the crisis in libya as qaddafi's forces step up attacks on rebel-held oil towns. i'm katie couric. the violence is driving up the price you pay at the pump. but where's the money going? maybe not where you think, and should the u.s. tap the strategic reserves to bring prices down? they're here, the new 3-d mammograms. but should women be rushing to get one? and she's worn his m.i.a. bracelet for nearly 40 years waiting for the day she could remove it. that day has come. captioning sponsored by cbs
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from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. libyan government forces were back on the offensive today trying to retake more territory still held by the rebels. some of the heaviest fighting was in towns near tripoli and the u.n. says more than a million libyans now need humanitarian aid. president obama warned moammar qaddafi and his supporters they will be held accountable for the violence and the u.s. and its allies are still considering military options. today, nato plans began round- the-clock surveillance of libya. opposition forces in the east want nato to ground qaddafi's air force after it bombed several key oil towns today. mandy clark reports tonight from abbey ya. >> reporter: this is why libya's rebels are begging for a no-fly zone. we were the first journalists on
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the scene after this bombing. people ignored the danger and raced to show us the damage. he's hitting his own people with bombs, young children, he's killing them, this man says. just minutes ago we were driving down the road to get to the front line when a government warplane dropped two bombs behind us. the shrapnel from those bombs is still warm. near the craters, the wreckage of a pickup truck. a family with three children was in it when qaddafi's air force struck. two of the children died. the survivors were slashed by the schrapnel. the circling warplanes made for a jumpy day on the front lines. do you find that even though you're not military trained you're doing... gaining good ground? are you gaining good ground? what do you think has happened? >> i think it's... might be a plane. >> reporter: the rebels have had
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trouble on the ground as well. their advance slowed by better- armed government forces counterattacking to defend qaddafi's home turf in the west. these fighters are realizing that enthusiasm alone won't get them to tripoli. for days, they advanced through town after town in eastern libya by jumping into pickup trucks and racing to the sites with no planning whatsoever. today this loudspeaker truck was asking for ten volunteers to head into a fire fight down the road. a few minutes later, the message was "has anyone lost their keys?" even the fighters admit they need discipline. >> they think it's a game, you know? they don't think about what they're doing. >> reporter: strategy. >> yeah, they try and move on just like that. that's why we need a leader. we need someone to tell us "don't do that, do that." >> reporter: these men are
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gearing up for the toughest battle yet and they're hoping that a lot more help is on its way. on the front line, we spoke to a number of volunteers who say they are expecting more disciplined army units with heavier weapons to lead the next offensive as they make their way to qaddafi's stronghold along the coastal road to tripoli. >> couric: the rebels, mandy, had a set back yesterday. are they losing ground where you are? >> well, certainly the front line remains fairly static, although we were evacuated this morning, along with a number of civilians from the town areas lanuf which was ten miles away from the fighting. but the rebels insist they are ready to push forward as soon as the reinforcements arrive. >> couric: mandy clark reporting from ajdabiya, libya. thank you. closer to tripoli, qaddafi sent tanks to retake towns held by the opposition. we caution you, some of the images in the report are graphic.
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>> reporter: they're surrounded, they're under repeated attack and they're bleeding badly. but the rebel fighters holding out in zawiyah are defiant. they're resisting a government armored assault that has more troops, bigger guns, and is shooting to kill. >> reporter: the qaddafi regime says it hasn't completely pushed the rebels out of zawiyah and other towns for fear of harming the civilian population. that's not what the people in the town say. >> reporter: the regime sees a different reality, or says it does. it has virtually declared victory. moammar qaddafi himself insisted in a t.v. interview that even the casualty figures in this fight have been exaggerated.
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>> reporter: yet even with the propaganda effort that starts very young, even in the celebrating crowd, there is dissent. a man approaches us, afraid to be seen on camera. what chance do you give this rebellion? >> 99%. >> reporter: 99%? >> reporter: this rebellion has now reached a tipping point both militarily and in terms of popular support. the opposition has exposed itself. it must either move forward and grow in numbers or be destroyed. mark phillips, cbs news, tripoli >> couric: meanwhile, are you old enough to remember when gas cost $1.61 a gallon? we bet you are because it was only about two years ago at the height of the recession.
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now it's almost $2 higher. the biggest jump happened in the past three weeks. since the revolt in libya, gas is up 38 cents to an average of $3.52 a gallon. that reflects the rise in oil, up another dollar today to more than $105 a barrel. with pump prices rising nearly two cents a someday, anthony mason reports president obama is weighing his options. >> reporter: the price runup in the oil trading pits and the gas pumps has the white house considering tapping into the nation's emergency supply. >> it's an option on the table. >> reporter: set up after the arab oil boycott of 1973, the strategic petroleum reserve holds 726 million barrels of crude. in four salt caverns along the texas and louisiana gulf coast. it's the world's largest emergency oil reservoir, enough for the u.s. to withstand a loss of imports for more than two months and only the president can authorize its use. >> the statutory language that authorizes the president to make
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that decision is very broad. >> reporter: it says the reserve may be tapped during a severe energy supply interruption that may cause an adverse impact on the national economy. >> they can take the economic damage argument and use that if they want to. >> reporter: but the white house has done that only twice-- during the first gulf war in 1991 and then the wake of hurricane katrina in 2005 when a release of 11 million barrels helped put the brake on gas prices which dropped from over $3 to $2.75 in less than a month. the price at the pump is now, of course, even higher. how much of a threat are oil prices to the recovery and the economy? >> they're not much of a threat. >> reporter: economist lakshman achuthan says the u.s. economy is actually gaining strength. >> the unrest in the middle east, a spike in oil, will not derail this economy any time soon. >> reporter: and while crude production in libya-- which provides 2% of the world's oil-- has been disrupted, the world is still producing more oil than it
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uses everyday. >> the loss of supply out of libya has been made up to a certain extent with an increase of supply from saudi arabia. >> reporter: why, then, are oil and gas prices soaring again? >> well, the explanation is it's unbridled investment money that is dominating the market. to the point where supply and demand doesn't matter anymore. >> reporter: sean cota, who heads an oil industry group, says pension and hedge funds have been pouring into the oil market. bidding up the price. in fact, last week, two-thirds of all the oil traded was bought or sold not by oil companies but by investors. >> the total world energy supply is bought and sold everyday about eight times. >> reporter: oil and gas prices are not expected to retreat until the unrest ebbs in the middle east. analysts say that could take months. katie? >> couric: really interesting. anthony mason. anthony, thank you. in other news, military trials will resume for terror suspects
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held at guantanamo. president obama today lifted the ban he imposed two years ago. 172 detainees are still being held at guantanamo and the president has promised to close the prison. but congress has blocked his efforts to have them tried in civilian courts here in the u.s. and still ahead on the "cbs evening news," mammograms in 3- d. the new screening for breast cancer. but up next, for the first time in the catholic church child abuse scandal, a high-ranking american priest faces criminal charges. [ woman ] we take it a day at a time. that's how it is with alzheimer's disease. she needs help from me. and her medication. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's symptoms.
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one of those named in his civil lawsuit is monsignor william lynn. lynn is already facing charges in a separate criminal case. for 12 years, lynn was in charge of recommending work assignments for priests in the philadelphia archdiocese. the district attorney believes lynn knowingly recommended abusive priests be reassigned without ever warning the parishes. >> they did, in fact, reoffend. they did, in fact, rape and sodomize other children. >> reporter: monsignor lynn has now become the first high- ranking u.s. church official ever to face criminal child endangerment charges for allegedly covering up abuse. but prosecutors say there are other problems. allegations against lynn resulted from a 124-page grand jury report that concludes apparent abusers-- dozens of them, we believe-- remain on duty in the archdiocese today with open access to new young prey. for now, the archdiocese has suspended three priests, but according to the report, 34 others accused of abuse or
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inappropriate behavior with minors remain in active ministry. the archdiocese has hired a former prosecutor to reexamine past cases. >> i will not turn my back on evidence of a coverup. >> reporter: the archdiocese is not commenting on the recent legal actions. but church officials have vowed to do better. >> we have now taken action and we hope that our actions speak to our resolve. >> reporter: that's little comfort to phil gaughan who hopes by coming forward he's giving children the protection he never had. elaine quijano, cbs news, philadelphia. >> couric: in other news, she was called mexico's bravest woman last year. just 20 years old, she took a job no one else wanted-- police chief in a violent border town. today marysol garcia was fired for abandoning her post after getting death threats. she had taken a leave of absence last week to visit the u.s. but failed to report back to work today. also fired, charlie sheen.
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>> couric: the mammogram is one of the most important weapons in the fight against breast cancer. about 40 million are performed in the u.s. every year, detecting 80% to 90% of all breast cancers. now a new advance. a woman in boston today became the first american to have a mammogram using 3-d technology since it was approved by the f.d.a. last month. here's dr. jennifer ashton. >> reporter: five years ago, it took several mammograms and weeks of waiting before laura lang was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50. today she's hoping a new test is better. >> breathe. >> this machine for me is such a huge advance. it's something everybody should know about. >> reporter: lang is getting a new type of mammogram that gives doctors a three dimensional view of the breast. >> good, you may breathe.
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>> now we have the ability not to just look at the breast but actually to look through and around structures we weren't able to see before. >> this is a picture of what a cancer looks like. >> reporter: compared to the traditional 2d image, studies found it increases a doctor's ability to spot cancer by 7%. the 3-d mammogram also reduces the number of women called back when a result is unclear. >> so it's going to help us both find more cancers and decrease these numbers of false positives callbacks. so that's huge. >> reporter: but some critics say it's more hype than help. the 3-d mammogram uses more radiation than a traditional mammogram. it's expected to be more expensive, though the cost won't be set until it's widely available. >> most importantly, it hasn't been shown to save more lives. so we love new technology and we keep piling it on without a clear understanding of what the benefits are. >> reporter: right now the 3-d mammogram is only available at massachusetts general hospital but it is expected to be introduced at other medical
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centers nationwide this year, katie. >> couric: when they are, should women ask for 3-d mammograms? >> reporter: right now this technology is approved by the f.d.a. but not recommended by major cancer groups or women's health groups. also, radiologists need time to be trained in this new imaging technique. all of that takes time. so until then this is a conversation a woman should have with her doctor. >> couric: dr. jennifer ashton, thank you so much. for more information, you can go to our partner in health news and search "mammogram." meanwhile, nearly a decade after 9/11 we have a new perspective on the attack here in new york. this video was taken from a police helicopter hovering near the burning twin towers. the officers on board had hoped to rescue survivors from the roof top but the smoke made it too dangerous. one officer shouted as the first tower fell. >> it's gone! the whole tower. it knocked the whole freaking thing down! >> couric: the video was released today by the federal agency that investigated the collapse of the towers.
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>> couric: we end with a child of the '70s all grown up now and the vigil she's kept for four decades for a missing american hero-- a vigil that's about to come to an end. here's steve hartman with tonight's "assignment america." >> reporter: while the war raged in vietnam, back home these became all the rage. metal bracelets sold by the millions, each bearing the name of a soldier who was either stale prisoner in vietnam or missing in action. the idea was to wear the bracelet and only take it off when your vet came home. the bracelets were especially popular with kids. like that 12-year-old girl from fremont, california, who got a bracelet in her christmas stocking in 1972. do you remember getting it? >> i was excited, i put it on right away, read the piece of paper that came with it and i thought "i'll keep it on until he comes home." >> reporter: kathy strong, now 50, still remembers the name, too, james moreland.
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he was a green beret that has been stationed in lang vei. he went missing in the winter of '68 after the enemy overtook his position. at the time, no one knew much more than that so kathy remained optimistic. >> well, they showed the soldiers coming off the planes and i thought when he gets there i'm going to be there and give him my bracelet and have him put it on his arm. that's how i always pictured it. but that wasn't meant to be. >> reporter: after so many years it became obvious to even the most hopeful that everyone who could come home alive had come home alive. and so eventually the bracelets went the way of the pet rock. >> this was 1976. >> reporter: however, as her photo cans attest... >> 1978. >> reporter: there it is. kathy wore her bracelet much
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longer than most. >> 2001, camping. >> reporter: in fact, james moreland's name has been on her wrist everyday without exception for the past 38 years. never has been off? >> nope. i just want to keep the promise. >> reporter: at this point, kathy says keeping the promise means wearing the bracelet until moreland's remains are found and returned. >> i knew he had family out there that was waiting for word and i thought i'm just going to wait along with him. >> to have worn his bracelet for so long, we just love her to death. >> reporter: anita and linda are james moreland's sisters and closest surviving relatives. when they heard about kathy a few years ago, they asked to meet her. >> she did care. and she still does care. >> reporter: no doubt about that. >> when you think about someone everyday you just can't help it. it's usually when i have my hands in front of me, maybe i'm driving the car or typing on the keyboard and i see that name and i just think, you know, i wonder when he's coming home. >> reporter: she's now been wondering almost four decades. but no more. >> he's finally coming home.
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>> reporter: in january, james moreland's sisters got word that their brother's remains had been found and identified. in may, he'll be buried here between their mother and father in a full military funeral. you're going to go. >> yes. >> reporter: are you going to take the bracelet off? >> yes. i'm going to remove the bracelet and have it buried with him. >> reporter: the family has invited me to attend that service so i can bring it to you which i thought was quite an honor. >> couric: absolutely. i remember when those were really popular when i was in junior high. but she took it very seriously and it's so touching. she never took it off, steve, ever? >> couric: never, she even had to have surgery on her wrist and she waited until she could find a doctor who would do the surgery and let her keen the bracelet on. >> couric: that's a really moving story. thank you so much, steve. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. good night.
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